Aussie Men Urged to Step Out for Better Heart Health
During Men’s Health Week, June 15 -21, the National Heart Foundation is urging men to take steps to improve their heart health by becoming more physically active.
Acting National CEO, Mark Dupe, said statistics show men are three times more likely to have a heart attack than women – and lack of physical activity can add greatly to their risk of heart attack.
“We know that regular physical activity, including walking, offers many benefits to men – especially their cardiovascular health,” Mr Dupe said.
“This doesn’t require running a marathon, the simple act of walking for 30 minutes or more a day, can reduce the risk of heart disease by as much as half.
“With two out of three (66.9%) Australians aged 15 years and over doing very little or no exercise, walking offers a healthy, fun and best of all, free alternative.”
Mr Dupe said a great way for men to become more physically active is to get involved with a local Heart Foundation Walking (HFW) group.
“Joining a local HFW group is a perfect way for men to improve their overall health and well-being in a friendly and social environment,” he said.
“HFW has made an outstanding contribution in encouraging Australians to become more physically active with over 70,000 Australians having taken part in more than four million recorded walks since 1995.
“2015 alone has seen 2,000 new walkers participate in the HFW program, with nearly 50 new walking groups established across the country.
“In their 20th Anniversary year, there’s never been a better time to get involved with HFW and enjoy all the health and social benefits that physical activity brings.”
Mr Dupe said practical, achievable initiatives to encourage Australians to walk more among other forms of physical activity, are a focus of the Heart Foundation’s advocacy for a comprehensive, funded National Physical Activity Action Plan.
“We need to get Australians of all ages and backgrounds moving more and sitting less, sooner rather than later,” he said.
Heart Foundation Walking is a free program – to join a group near you call 1300 36 27 87 or visit walking.heartfoundation.org.au. The program is funded nationally by the Medibank Community Fund and the ACT Government through ACT Health.